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Youngstown State volleyball player Nadia Pace and male golfer Bryan Kordupel will represent YSU student-athletes on the Horizon League Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for the 2022-23 academic year.
Each of the member institutions of the League is represented by two student-athletes. Pace will serve as vice president of the organization after serving as social justice coordinator at YSU’s SAAC in 2020-21. A business administration graduate from Oakland, Calif., Pace is entering her senior year as a middle tackle on the YSU volleyball team. Kordupel will be a representative at the league level after serving as president of the Youngstown State SAAC last year. He is a fifth-year engineering senior who hails from Boardman, Ohio.
Horizon League SAAC participated in an in-person meeting in early June and will continue to meet in multiple video conferences throughout the academic year. Additionally, SAAC members from five institutions will serve as Cabinet members in the Horizon League governance structure, while two student-athletes will also represent the voice of student-athletes and hold a vote on the League Council, alongside the 11 directors of athletics, a representative of the faculty of athletics. and a lead administrator.
Wright State’s Lainey Stephenson will continue as the Horizon League’s Division I National SAAC representative. The Division I National SAAC is comprised of one member from each of the 32 Division I conferences. Their mission is to enhance the overall student-athlete experience by fostering opportunity, protecting student well-being -athletes and promoting a positive image of student-athletes. SAAC members comment on and respond to legislative proposals, issues of interest and actions taken by their division.